Regularly rewarded, Alice Diop is a big name in French cinema. In 2016, she documented the love life of suburban youth in Vers la tendresse, which received the César for Best Short Film, and more recently, she filmed RER B travelers in Nous, a documentary that won two awards at the Berlinale. This year, again. While the talented French filmmaker tried her hand at fiction for the first time with Saint Omer, a film about motherhood inspired by a news item, of which here is the trailer, she won the winning double at the Venice Film Festival with the Grand Jury Prize and the prize for the first film. Inspired by a true story of a trial for infanticide, Saint Omer seeks to explore the “universal question” of the “relation to motherhood”, affirmed the director during the Mostra. His film tells the story of Laurence Coly, played by Guslagie Malanda, a Senegalese immigrant accused of having killed her 15-month-old baby by abandoning her on a northern beach at rising tide. The film, centered on the trial, is directly inspired by a news item from 2013 and the trial that followed.Here are seven women who conquered French cinema in 2022Consecration, it is also her film that the CNC chose to send to represent France at the Oscars next March. It remains to be seen whether she will succeed in being one of the five finalists present at the Dolby Theatre. Saint Omer will be released in theaters on November 23.